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Princess of Asturias Award International Music School

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The School boasts the participation of internationally renowned musicians and over 1,500 alumni.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation International Music School is the result of an ambitious project that was launched in 1990. The relocation to Oviedo of the permanent residence of the prestigious Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and six famed music professors (Gaiane Pogossova, Tsiala Kvernadze, Alexei Mijlin, Alexander Fedorchenko, Victor Afanassiev and Yuri Nasushkin), sparked an idea that once developed, significantly changed the region's artistic and musical scene and help lay the foundations for quality training, not only for Asturian youths with a talent for music, but also for youths from other parts of Spain and from abroad.

Since then, the Princess of Asturias Foundation's backing of orchestral and musical training activities has intensified, supporting numerous pedagogical initiatives, some of which have been directly designed by The Virtuosi's team of professors.

After years of collaboration and on the initiative of Yuri Nasushkin, the Foundation created its International Music School in 2005 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Prince of Asturias Awards.

Classes are given by a prestigious, international teaching staff, and the School also boasts some of the world's outstanding musicians as visiting lecturers, including Laureates of the annual Awards conferred by the Foundation, which sets the School apart from its Spanish counterparts.

The International Music School of the Foundation confirms its aim of providing a musical education of the highest level with musicians from some of the most prestigious schools in the world. Since 2005, teachers from institutions such as Detmold’s Music Academy, the Hannover University of Music and the Robert Schumann Music School in Düsseldorf (Germany); the Royal Music Conservatory of Mons (Belgium); the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music in New York, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and the University of Maryland School of Music (United States); the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem (Israel); the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin (Italy); the Advanced School of Music in Porto-ESMAE (Portugal); the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in London (United Kingdom); the Gnessin State Musical College and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (Russia); the Geneva Advanced Conservatory of Music and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland); the Simón Bolívar Advanced Music Conservatory and the National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela, have attended this school.

By offering summer courses, master classes, conferences and seminars, the School has undertaken the task of putting the Principality of Asturias at the forefront in the field of musical training, bringing young talents and the best music and instrumental specialists to our region.

In 2018, the International School of Music assumed 57,7% of the cost of these activities. This means that all enrolled students receive a grant, which, thanks to the Princess of Asturias Foundation, allows for more affordable tuition fees.

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